Writing is dutiful.
If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
Writing is life-affirming.
We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.
Writing is clarity.
One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.
Writing is madness.
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
—E. L. Doctorow
Writing is revelation.
I write because it is a way of glimpsing the truth.
Writing is legacy.
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
Writing is vanity.
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
—Henry David Thoreau
Writing is excellence.
Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences.
Writing is sexy.
Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.
Writing is drama.
Show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald
Writing is freedom.
You can make anything by writing.
—C. S. Lewis
Writing is a personal challenge.
A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
Writing is memory.
Write what should not be forgotten.
Writing is remedy.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
Writing is romance.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
Writing is awareness.
Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.
Writing is bloodletting.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
Writing is empowerment.
A word after a word after a word is power.
Writing is oxygen.
I write for the same reason I breathe … because if I didn’t, I would die.
Writing is craft.
A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it.
—Ursula K. Le Guin
Writing is selfish.
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
Writing is practice.
Don’t be ‘a writer’. Be writing.
Writing is fantasy.
Writing is a job, a talent, but it’s also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon.
Writing is self-examination.
Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.
Writing is nostalgia.
I want to write, partly at least, for the kind of reader I was when I was nineteen years old.
Writing is self-expression.
Write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.
Writing is exploration.
I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.
Writing is movement.
If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.
Writing is bravery.
I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.
Writing is coping.
Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory.
Writing is release.
If a story is in you, it has to come out.
Writing is determination.
I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.
Writing is passion.
I’m just going to write because I cannot help it.
Writing is persistence.
Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.
Writing is rhythm.
To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the music the words make.
Writing is subtraction.
I try to leave out the parts that people skip.
Writing is done achievement.
I hate writing, I love having written.
Writing is beginning.
There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.
Writing is all of the above, underneath and sideways.